During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show this week, TNT announcer and NBA legend Charles Barkley talked about something called the “ESPN disease.”
While not an official Web MD entry (yet), Barkley’s description of the ailment should be familiar to just about all sports fans:
“In sports, they want you to be stars and then when you don’t win, they blame the stars,” Barkley said. “I call it the ‘ESPN disease.’ They have a couple diseases over there at ESPN. Every guy acts like they know everything about every sport. It drives me crazy.”
“They call me every year, but I would never go there,” Barkley added about possibly working for network. “Number one, they work their guys too hard, but also I think they manufacture stories. They manufacture controversies.”
To be fair to ESPN, I don’t think they “manufacture controversies.” No, what they actually do is “embrace debate,” which is a totally different thing. Right?